Best bike upgrade for $300

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Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby swaz » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:34 pm

I have a trek superfly hardtail and would like to upgrade something, unsure of what will give me the best bang for my hard earned buck.
Currently running stock everything.
Considering some slx brakes and rotors or wheels
Open to suggestions!
The other option is to ride it as is, put the money in the bank and save for a dualie which I really want.


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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby mitzikatzi » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:03 pm

The "other" option is a good one.
Better tyres and or tubeless is all I would do until something breaks.
Saddle and grips are also fit points that can be changed for comfort.
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby koen » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:58 pm

Yeah, I think getting nice tubeless tyres that suit the riding you do would be the only thing outside of little things like grips. I love my dualie but I have also gone back to riding fully rigid alot lately and loving it, but I wouldn't stop riding the tubeless tyres.
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby Mugglechops » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:00 pm

I just spent almost $300 on my Superfly ht.

Clutched rear mech and a wide narrow chainring to go 1x10.

I did the XT ice tech brake upgrade when I bought it.

Easy tubeless conversion with Bontrager rim trips. I just use non ust tyres too.
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby trailgumby » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:02 pm

Save for the dually

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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby The 2nd Womble » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:54 pm

$300 worth of coffee?
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby swaz » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:53 am

The 2nd Womble wrote:$300 worth of coffee?

In one sitting? hahaha
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby swaz » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:55 am

Mugglechops wrote:I just spent almost $300 on my Superfly ht.

Clutched rear mech and a wide narrow chainring to go 1x10.

I did the XT ice tech brake upgrade when I bought it.

Easy tubeless conversion with Bontrager rim trips. I just use non ust tyres too.


Yeah I did some Googling about the Bontrager rim tape and it looks the goods, only it doesn't work with my rims apparently.
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby KGB » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:51 am

I agree with pretty much everything. $300 won't make a game-changing difference to your bike in terms of components.
Going tubeless would be a good move and should leave you some change to keep saving for the dualie.
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby swaz » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:45 am

Don't want to open up a can of worms- but I am not convinced of the whole tubeless thing for me. I have had one pinch flat so far on the rear because I was attempting to run it about 25psi. I am most probably wrong but tubes just seem so much easier...
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby bychosis » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:52 am

Tubes are easier if you want to change tyres often. Tubeless is good though.
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby swaz » Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:25 pm

Thanks for suggestions everyone, much appreciated and good advice. Going to leave everything as is and just ride it. Going to get a smaller hydration pack to make things a little bit more comfortable.
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:55 pm

Spend your $300 on a ride clinic or skills day...getting around Ourimbah requires some tricks you mightn't have.

Oh and tubeless around that track made perfect sense for me and the hardtail - 22psi proved to work to help keep all 90 odd kilos of me on the bike when things got so nearly out of hand doing the features that my own flat country tracks don't have. Burped a bit but it proved forgiving!!
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby koen » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:45 pm

swaz wrote:Don't want to open up a can of worms- but I am not convinced of the whole tubeless thing for me. I have had one pinch flat so far on the rear because I was attempting to run it about 25psi. I am most probably wrong but tubes just seem so much easier...

Yeah , its no biggie and does depend on the riding you do. In my previous town I did miles onflattish dirt roads and fire roads and used tubes and high pressures. Now I am back to my old trails and some long loose steep climbs and descents and finally went tubeless and it makes such a difference to grip being able to run at 25 to 30psi and never get a pinch or a flat.
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby swaz » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:43 pm

Just for the hell of it I dropped my front tyre to about 26psi yesterday, tubed, and it went really well.
Spoke to the LBS who can give me a very good deal on a Trek Fuel and as soon as I lose 5kg I am going to buy it!
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Re: Best bike upgrade for $300

Postby lardass71 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:58 pm

U will lose 5kilo when open ur wallet to buy the fuel, for $300 I would go xt brakes, best value upgrade u will get
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